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Pirates Acquire Corey Wimberly

The Pirates acquired Wimberly from the Athletics.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Oakland Athletics prospect Corey Wimberly, according to Wimberly himself on Twitter.  The Pirates sent Ryan Kelly to the Athletics, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.  Wimberly, who turned 27 in October, reached the AAA level in 2010, with a .284/.373/.354 line in 531 at-bats, and 56 stolen bases.  Wimberly has played second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and center field.  He has primarily been a second baseman in his career, although he spent most of his time in 2010 in the outfield, between left and center field.  He also played 31 games at shortstop.

Wimberly has good range, which allows him to play all of those positions.  His offensive numbers are interesting.  He doesn’t have any power, but hits for average, and has a lot of speed, stealing 50+ bases in three of his six seasons in the minors.  It’s likely that Wimberly could compete for a bench role in the majors in 2010, considering his success at the AAA level, and his range of positions.

Kelly was drafted by the Pirates in the 26th round in 2006, and signed out of high school for $100,000 as one of the rare over-slot signings during the Dave Littlefield era.  He has worked out of the West Virginia bullpen in each of the last two seasons.  He has a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 90s, with good control.  He has a career .277 BAA, and doesn’t project as more than a middle relief prospect, although he looks to be organizational depth at the lower levels, considering he hasn’t made it past low-A at the age of 23.

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  • Anonymous

    This seems like a very strange move. The Pirates already have a pretty full assortment of players competing for IF bench jobs and/or playing time at AAA.

    It says he played mainly OF last year. Could he be a candidate to be the 5th OF backing up Tabata and McCutchen? His speed seems like it would be a good asset to have in that role.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HXXIHPSU6VKHO5K7NLP4KD2YNQ Anonymous

      But the Pirates need depth at SS and other IF positions. He could be a great addition since he can play OF. If they want, they could move Tabata to RF and have Wimberly play left since his speed is much better then Tabata. The guy could even play SS if Cedeno flops again. So his addition is a nice effort to add depth in most of the position. I am just not to Keen on the Atkins signing. Doumit or Mahlom could be traded within the next few months. So, things are far from done. We just need to get a good SP pitcher to help the top End of the rotation. McDonald, Corriea, Ross O, is what it looks like as of right now. A Webb signing could solidify the top end of the rotation and dropping the roation like this. Webb, McDonald, Corriea, Ross O, Mahlom (depends if he is traded) or Olsten, Karstens, Morton, etc.

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